RailAmerica has reached
an agreement to acquire Atlas Railroad Construction Company and related assets
for $21.5 million in cash plus closing adjustments for working capital, which
are estimated to be approximately $2.5 million. The transaction is expected to
close July 1, 2010. Founded in 1954, Atlas is a railroad engineering,
construction, maintenance and repair company operating primarily in the U.S.
Midwest and Northeast. Atlas provides railroad construction services principally
to public-transit agencies, industrial customers, and short line and regional
Every weekday morning,
Peter Myung of Wheaton takes a Metra train to work, the Chicago Tribune reports.
But even when he arrives at the downtown Wheaton station on time, he's at risk
of missing his train. That's because the Metra platform is on the north side of
the adjacent Union Pacific tracks; the commuter parking lot where Myung parks
his car is on the south side. When a passing freight train blocks the nearby
West Street crossing, Myung and other commuters must wait for it to pass. But
starting next year, Myung will be able to take a shortcut across the tracks and
won't risk missing his train.
The Worcester, Mass., City
Council has overwhelmingly approved in concept CSX Transportation's plan to expand
its freight yard between Shrewsbury and Franklin streets and make the city its
new rail freight hub for New England, the Telegram & Gazette reports. But
the project is anything but finalized; in fact, final city action on it may not
take place for at least another couple of months.
Starting early July 2010,
construction crews will start earthquake-strengthening work inside BART's West
Oakland Station. Crews will construct scaffolding and enclosures around work
areas and at times will need to temporarily change pedestrian access inside the
station. This means it may take customers longer to make their way through the
station and around the work areas.
On July 7, 2010, the Santa
Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will begin to improve eight
Caltrain crossings located in Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto, Calif.
The improvements will make crossings safer for pedestrians, bicycles and
automobiles and will include the following safety features: modified railroad
crossing gates, newly-installed guardrails, fences, pedestrian and emergency
swing gates, sidewalks, crossing panels and warning tactile panels to assist
the visually impaired.
The Los Angeles Metro
Gold Line Eastside Extension Project was presented with the 2010 Outstanding
Project of the Year Award by the Underground Construction Association of
Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration at the North American Tunneling
Conference held June 20 in Portland, Ore.
Timothy Reynolds has been
named a Senior Principal Technical Specialist in the Cincinnati office of
Parsons Brinckerhoff. In his new position, Reynolds will be responsible for
rail and transit services and operations planning and will support
environmental analysis and multimodal planning. He is currently serving in key
roles on the Cincinnati streetcar and Ohio 3-C Corridor Passenger Rail Plan
BNSF has invested some time
and money on the Fairview Avenue crossing in Downers Grove, Ill.,, but some
residents claim there has not been an improvement, according to the Downers Grove Reporter.
Secretary Ray LaHood commended the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
Committee for reporting out the Obama Administration's transit safety bill, the
first transit-specific safety bill ever sent to Congress by any administration,
by a unanimous vote. The bill now goes to the Senate floor.
Drakontas LLC, a company
that develops situation awareness and wireless communications tools for first
responders, law enforcement and homeland defense, formally demonstrated
its prototype wireless emergency messaging solution for transit passengers in
subway tunnels on June 29. The 30-minute demonstration showcased the messaging
platform capability inside a passenger train at PATCO's 8th and Market Station
in Center City Philadelphia.